Melle tourism and travel guide

Photo of Melle in Deux-Sevres

Visit Melle: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: The town of Melle is best known for its three roman style churches, built in the 12th century

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Melle. For detailed visitor information see the Melle travel guide

Melle is situated in the Deux-Sevres, Poitou-Charentes region (now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region), in the western-centre of France at 27 km from Niort, the department capital. (General information: Melle is 347 km from Paris).

Popular places to visit nearby include Chateau de Cherveux at 27 km and Ruffec at 34 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Melle, France: places to visit and attractions

Some places that we or our contributors have visited and reviewed and can recommend when sightseeing close to Melle in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Note that all distances shown are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater.


Map of places to visit near Melle

Markets in and near Melle

Market days in Melle: weekly market: Friday;

  • Melle: market Friday (0km)
  • Brioux-sur-Boutonne: market Thursday (11km)
  • Lezay: market Tuesday (11km)
  • Chef-Boutonne: market Saturday (14km)
  • La Mothe-Saint-Heray: market Thursday (16km)
  • La Creche: market Sunday (20km)
  • Sauze-Vaussais: market Thursday (21km)
  • Saint-Maixent-l'Ecole: market Saturday (22km)
  • Chaunay: market Monday (24km)
  • Rouille: market Friday (26km)

More information about Melle, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions to visit near Melle, France

Below we show places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Melle and wondering what to do next!

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Sanxay (32km) [Map]
  • Abbey Saint-Sauveur de Charroux (43km) [Map]

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Saint-Brice (Saint-Mande-sur-Bredoire) (25km) [Map]
  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre (Dampierre-sur-Boutonne) (27km) [Map]
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame (Lusignan) (31km) [Map]
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Saint-Pierre-d'Exideuil) (33km) [Map]
  • Eglise de Saint André (Ruffec) (34km) [Map]
  • Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Civray) (35km) [Map]
  • Eglise de Saint-Eulalie (Benet) (39km) [Map]
  • Eglise de Genouillé (Genouille) (39km) [Map]
  • Eglise de Saint Vivien (Bagnizeau) (39km) [Map]
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Varaize) (40km) [Map]
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre et eglise de Saint Hérie (Matha) (42km) [Map]
  • Abbaye Bénédictine (Charroux) (43km) [Map]
  • Eglise de Saint Maurice (Saint-Maurice-la-Clouere) (46km) [Map]
  • Abbaye Royale (Nieul-sur-l'Autise) (47km) [Map]
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Chatain) (47km) [Map]
  • Eglise de Saint-Savinien (Fenioux) (51km) [Map]
  • Abbaye de Nouaillé-Mauperthuis (Nouaille-Maupertuis) (53km) [Map]

Remarkable gardens

  • Arboretum du chemin de la découverte (0km) [Map]
  • Jardin monastique médiéval (36km) [Map]
  • Parc et jardin de l’Abrègement (39km) [Map]
  • La Guyonnière (40km) [Map]
  • Laverré (44km) [Map]

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Vivonne (38km) [Map]

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Zoodyssée (21km) [Map]
  • Vallée des singes (monkeys) (33km) [Map]

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Melle

Canton: Melle

Arrondissement: Niort

Department: Deux-Sevres

Region: Poitou-Charentes

Postcode: 79500

Distance to Melle

from Niort (prefecture): 27 km

from Paris: 347 km

from Calais: 546 km

from Nice: 647 km

from Bordeaux: 158 km

from Strasbourg: 649 km

Getting here

Melle is in the western-centre of France. Most visitors will come by car, as an excursion from the Loire Valley or approximately 4 hours from the channel port at Saint-Malo. For driving distances to Melle from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 9 other places listed as being close (less than 6 kilometres from Melle): Celles-sur-Belle, Chail, Mazieres-sur-Beronne, Paizay-le-Tort, Pouffonds, Saint-Genard, Saint-Leger-de-la-Martiniere, Saint-Martin-les-Melle and Saint-Romans-les-Melle.

This page in French: Visitez Melle